Walking to have coffee at a friend’s house when this caught my eye. A round adobe window is rare in itself, but the colors in the plaid sheet set it off perfectly for the perfect storm of color, texture, and form.
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It’s Not Always Just About Recording
Sometimes photography is a lot like painting. You find elements, you compose them, you juxtapose colors, textures, and shapes into something new. In this case, it was a dead baby snake found on the road near my parents’ house in Sedgwick Maine, and an acorn, arranged on a piece of slate on their patio.
Mila Paints On Mt Lemmon
Last Saturday, Mila and I went out to the woods. We took along some snacks and some paint. We went to a mystery location on Mt Lemmon and found a suitable place to leave our treasures behind. It was a nice little ledge behind a small tree.
Then we each painted several small rocks and arranged them for future explorers to find and wonder about.
I somehow neglected to get a photo of her painting, but here is proof that she did.
Desert Art Shrine
Beginning the new “semester” of art classes for my grandkids. This time we are going in two different directions. First, we are creating temporary sculptural art from existing materials in the desert, with small, painted gifts for whomever finds it. Kai went with me this week.
After hiking a ways into the mountains, we selected a nondescript niche off the trail, but not far enough as to remain undiscovered for long.
Then we added a floor of flat rocks.
Followed by two larger elements, a piece of a dead tree, and a large boulder. This created the basic environment of the shrine.
Then we painted several small rocks from the bed of the wash. This is something I did for years hiking in the Catalinas. I would bring a few colors with me and leave a painted rock behind for the next observant hiker. We left a treasure trove here.
The one Kai is working on here was for himself, not the shrine. It is, he explained to me, a truthtelling rock. One side is black, and the other white. If he flips it, the way it lands will tell him whether you are lying or not.
This is the finished piece, and below are closeups of the individual rocks. If you look long enough, maybe you will find it!